Canada and Jamaica enjoy positive trade relations: Jamaica is the second largest merchandise market among CARICOM countries. Furthermore the Jamaican-Canadian community number over 250,000 people and more than 300,000 Canadians visit Jamaica each year. Also, Canada is a critical player in Jamaica’s financial sector.

Canada's exports to Jamaica total over $100 million per year including such commodities as animal products, chemical products and vegetable products. Canadian imports from Jamaica to Canada average over $200 million per year including such items chemical products and food products.

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  • Shipping carrier solutions to Jamaica
  • Import and Jamaican customs clearance
  • Caribbean distribution from Canada and USA
  • Information required for shipping quote to Jamaica from Canada and USA:  See Below

Jet Worldwide provides logistics expertise (as evidenced by our industry leading blog articles) and global parcel shipping solutions: Including shipping to Jamaica.  Jet provides a USA address to where your online orders can be sent and shipped to Jamaica.

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Options for shipping Jamaica from Canada


Shipping to Jamaica via Canada Post

Canada Post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items to Kingston, Spanish Town, St. Thomas and across Jamaica. 


Canada Post Services to Jamaica Include:

  • Canada Post Small Packet Service to Jamaica: Surface  and Air
  • Canada Post International Parcel to Jamaica: Surface 
  • Canada Post Xpresspost to Jamaica: Delivery within 2 weeks
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Delivery to Jamaica from Canada via FedEx and UPS

FedEx and UPS have large operations in Canada and, along with DHL, offer reliable express delivery to Kingston, Jamaica.

FedEx and UPS shipping options to Jamaica include:

  • International express priority to Jamaica
  • International economy air shipping to Jamaica

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Shipping parcels to Jamaica via Purolator:

Purolator is Canada's leading carrier and offers delivery to Jamaica via their other carriers, such as UPS Canada. Purolator is a division of Canada Post.

jet-logo-vectorShipping to Jamaica and Caribbean via Jet Worldwide Canada

  • Jet Worldwide is backed by over 35 years of international logistics expertise - including import and delivery for online orders to the Caribbean!
  • Jet Worldwide provides shipping to Jamaica for parcels, pallets and online orders 
  • Jet provides delivery distribution capabilities in Jamaica from either our Canada, Jamaica, or Miami hub. Contact Jet's Logistics Team.


For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.  The more details the better :).


Shipping barrels to Jamaica from Canada


Shipping barrels to Jamaica from Canada is a popular choice due to its low costs. . Barrels can take longer than 30 days to ship from Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal to Jamaica's ocean ports.

Jet Worldwide does not provide barrel shipping to Jamaica and mention this option to help answer the many inquiries on shipping to Jamaica.

CUSTOMS-DOUNE-GRAPHICParcel import process to Jamaica for Canadian parcels

Value used for duty and tax assessment:

  • It is important to include an invoice for customs with clear item descriptions and values. Jamaican customs do not rely solely on the declared value and reserve the right to appraise and update the declared value.
  • Often, Jamaican customs requires the original suppliers' invoice or proof of purchase for clearance.
  • Jamaican Customs authorities consider the "CIF value." The CIF value is the cost of the goods (often referred to as FOB - Free on Board) plus insurance plus the cost of the freight.
  • For shipments arriving by air the insurance applicable is 1% of the total Cost and Freight.
  • The standard rate of VAT imposed on imported goods into Jamaica is 17.5%

Most international courier imports to Jamaica from Canada valued under USD 20 can be imported duty-free. It is important that the declared value is correct.

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Shipping terms to consider when shipping to Jamaica

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). Common carriers use the term Ex Works (EXW) which essentially assigns all import related costs (duty, taxes and other fees) to the receiver/importer. Shippers from Canada can choose to pay the import fees on behalf of the receiver via a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) options that many carriers offer.

READ-MORE-INCO-TERMSIncoTerms and shipping terms for packages and online orders

When shipping to Jamaica, an original invoice is required. Jamaican customs authorities require the original invoice or a proof of purchase in order to clear customs. The standard commercial invoice may not be sufficient alone for customs clearance.


Delivery Duty Paid to Jamaica in Canadian dollars

Many Jamaicans in Canada are sending personal shipments and wish to pay for duty and import fee's on behalf of the receiver. Jet Worldwide provides a wide range of special delivery solutions to Jamaica including Delivery Duty Paid services for shipments imported to Jamaica.

jet-logo-vectorGet a Quote for Shipping to Jamaica from USA and Canada

Jet Worldwide gives access to all companies seeking for shipping quotes to Jamaica  from the USA and Canada for parcels, heavy parcels, pallets, online orders, and logistics support.  

The information required for a quote includes:

  • Your company name and contact details
  • Ship from Address
  • Ship To Address
  • Weight and dimensions of each piece
  • Item(s) being sent
  • Value

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For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.  The more details the better :).

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USA and Canadian storage for Caribbean distribution

Jet Worldwide can assist your business by storing inventory on your behalf in the USA and Canada for low cost delivery within 48 hours and on demand to all of Jamaica. We offer delivery duty paid and special distributions services within and to Jamaica.


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Written by Timothy Byrnes